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Passwords are Only Part of eBay's Problem

The eBay breach has generated a lot of interest and discussion about the modern state and usefulness of passwords. Some experts advocate the use of password management systems, and some wonder if passwords have outlived their usefulness.

Although debate about the usefulness and security of passwords is important, it's crucial to realize that the eBay breach is not actually about end-user passwords. Yes, it's true that eBay is recommending that users update passwords but not necessarily because those passwords have been compromised.

The database breach compromised encrypted password information, and there is no official confirmation at this point that those passwords have been decrypted.

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Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.